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President Obama gets a mouthful of fingers from Cooper Wall Wagner, 8 months, as he poses for a photo with the infant and his parents, Greg and Meredith Wagner, during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Sunday in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is turning his campaign focus to the struggling middle class and the widening gap between rich and poor. Mr. Obama is expected to run for re-election with higher unemployment than any recent president. (Associated Press)

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President Obama trails both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in 12 swing states that loom large in determining the winner of the 2012 presidential election. (AP Photo)

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President Obama waves to people gathered outside in the rain as he shops for Christmas gifts Wednesday in Alexandria. The president's spokesman said Mr. Obama's assertion that he ranked among the greatest presidents was taken out of context. (Associated Press)

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Unlike how Oprah Winfrey's embrace of Barack Obama helped his presidential campaign, there are other celebrities who would-be presidents would be wise to avoid, among them Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Sean Penn and Jane Fonda. (Associated Press)

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EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said the agency's new rule that will limit toxic pollutants released by coal- and oil-fired power plants is the Obama administration's "biggest clean-air action yet." (Associated Press)

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President Obama and his dog, Bo, visit with a poodle named Cinnamon as they check out at a PetSmart store in Alexandria on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar said his department has approved a solar farm in Arizona and a wind farm in Southern California as part of the Obama administration's drive to support renewable energy projects. (Associated Press)

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President Obama (center) and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (left) greet Gen. Lloyd Austin, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, on the apron at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism, Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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President Obama speaks on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. (Associated Press)

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'WHIPPING BOY': Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls the Justice Department report a politically motivated assault by the Obama administration. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the campus in Washington on Dec. 15, 2011, where he announced action to provide minimum wage and overtime protections for in-home care workers. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama and Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama speaks to returning troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, about the end of the Iraq war with the withdrawal of all U.S. forces at the end of this month. "Our commitment [to you] doesn't end when you take off the uniform," Mr. Obama said. (Associated Press)

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HE'S CLEAR: President Obama has said he will veto the bill extending the payroll-tax cut because of its proposed spending cuts and lack of tax hikes on the wealthy. (Associated Press)

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and fellow Republicans meet with reporters Tuesday before the House voted 234-193 to pass a bill that renews the payroll-tax-cut extension but does not include the tax hikes on the wealthy President Obama wants. The bill also pushes for a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Despite the continued violence and political uncertainty in Iraq, President Obama thinks the Iraqis are ready to deal with their own national security, a spokesman for the president said Tuesday.

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President Obama speaks Dec. 13, 2011, during a campaign event in Washington. (Associated Press)

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President Obama speaks Dec. 13, 2011, during a campaign event in Washington. (Associated Press)